Arlington

Restaurants in Arlington

As the name implies, the specialty here is pho, the traditional Vietnamese soup with meat and rice noodles. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves over 20 variations of the classic soup, and Thai basil, bean sprouts, and lime can be added for extra flavor.

Restaurateur Michael Landrum already had a fanatical following at his unpretentious steak house, Ray’s the Steaks. The response has been just as enthusiastic for his new burger joint in an Arlington strip mall.

For the Beltway crowd ready to loosen their belts, this all-American comfort food hangout is where chef Liam LaCivita keeps two wood-fired ovens roaring hot.

The 2010-opened resto may serve pillowy beignets and slow-cooked jambalaya, but its soul-satisfying offerings (braised-pork-shoulder sausage infused with cayenne, anyone?) plumb the depths of Louisiana’s complex cuisine.